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Best Google Smartphones Which Will Make You Love Android (2018)

Google had purchased Android Inc. back in 2005 and released Android in 2007. The company also founded the Open Handset Alliance – a consortium of hardware, software and telecommunication companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices. HTC Dream, the first Android smartphone, was launched back in 2008. Smartphone companies started to make their own custom UI on top of Android to differentiate their mobiles phones from other devices.

Then, Google in partnership with brands, started manufacturing the ‘Nexus series’, which offered stock Android experience. Here, stock or vanilla Android means the exact version of Android OS made by Google with no additional features. Nexus One was the first Nexus smartphone launched back in 2010, which ran on Android 2.1 Eclair. So, we will take a look at the best Google smartphones here that offer stock Android experience.

First of all, take a quick look at all the versions of Android OS – Android 1.6 (Donut), Android 2.1 (Eclair), Android 2.2 (Froyo), Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), Android 4.4 (KitKat), Android 5.0 (Lollipop), Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 7.0 (Nougat) and Android 8.0 (Oreo).

The Google Nexus series were affordable stock Android smartphones but Google killed it. The company started the Pixel lineup of smartphones in 2016 with two premium phones. It will be very interesting to follow the future of Google smartphones. So without any further ado, let’s get started.

Best Google Smartphones available in India

These are the best Google smartphones in the world (2018)

1. Google Pixel 2 XL

  • Google Pixel 2 XL, one of the best smartphones of 2018, was unveiled in India back in November 2017. It is undoubtedly one of the best phablets in the market right now.
  • It has a 6-inch pOLED display with a resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels (Quad HD+). The Pixel 2 XL is powered by a Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor along with 4GB DDR4X RAM. It is water and dust resistant as well since it comes with IP67 certification.
  • The Pixel 2 XL comes with a 12.2 megapixel primary camera at the back along with a 8 megapixel selfie camera on the front. Despite not having dual lens setup, it can click portrait images with bokeh effect from both rear and front camera.

Google Pixel 2 XL - Best Smartphone of 2018

Key Specifications of Google Pixel 2 XL
Display 6-inch Quad HD+
Processor 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB/128GB (non-expandable)
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo
Rear Camera 12.2MP with LED flash
Front Camera 8MP
Battery 3520mAh (non-removable) with Fast Charging
Fingerprint Rear
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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2. Google Pixel 2

  • Google Pixel 2, one of the best smartphones till date, was launched in India back in November 2017. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo OS out of the box and packs in a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display.
  • The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor along with 4GB DDR4X RAM. We get both 64GB and 128GB storage options but you cannot expand the storage. There is a 12.2 megapixel primary rear camera along with a 8 megapixel selfie camera.
  • It packs in a 2700mAh battery under the hood with fast charging support. It is IP67 certified and hence it is water and dust resistant. It comes with aluminium unibody with hybrid coating.

Google Pixel 2 - Best Smartphone of 2018

Key Specifications of Google Pixel 2
Display 5-inch Full HD
Processor 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB/128GB (non-expandable)
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo
Rear Camera 12.2MP with LED flash
Front Camera 8MP
Battery 2700mAh (non-removable) with Fast Charging
Fingerprint Rear
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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3. Google Pixel XL

  • Google Pixel XL, one of the smartphones under 50000, was unveiled in India back in October 2016. It is part of the first set of Pixel smartphones that come with ‘Google’ branding.
  • It is one of the best smartphones in the market this year as it is powered by a Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor clocked at 2.15GHz along with Adreno 530 GPU. There is 4GB RAM for multitasking and we get a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels (Quad HD).
  • The best part about the phone is its rear camera that has Auto HDR mode.

Google Pixel XL - Best Android 4GB RAM Smartphone 2017

Key Specifications of Google Pixel XL
Display 5.5-inch Quad HD
Processor 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 quad-core SoC
RAM 4GB
Storage 32GB/128GB (non-expandable)
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo
Rear Camera 12.3MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera 8MP
Battery 3450mAh (non-removable) with Fast Charging
Fingerprint Rear
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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4. Google Pixel

  • Google Pixel, a smartphone under 40000, was launched in India back in October 2016 along with the its elder brother, the Pixel XL.
  • It is one of the small phones that comes with a 5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD) and pixel density of 441 PPI. Thus, the phone is ideal for consumers who are looking for small smartphones that come with flagship and premium features.
  • The Google Pixel has a brilliant camera and can handle all the apps and games available on Play Store without breaking a sweat.

Google Pixel - Best Small Android Smartphone in India

Key Specifications of Google Pixel
Display 5-inch Full HD
Processor 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 quad-core SoC
RAM 4GB
Storage 32GB/128GB (non-expandable)
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo
Rear Camera 12.3MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera 8MP
Battery 2770mAh (non-removable) with Fast Charging
Fingerprint Rear
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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5. Google Nexus 6P

  • Google Nexus 6P, one of the last smartphones from the ‘Nexus series’, was announced in India back in October 2015. The phone was made in association with Huawei.
  • The body was made up of anodized aluminium and it had a great build quality. The phone currently runs on Android 8.0 Oreo OS after recently getting updated. We get a 5.7-inch Quad HD AMOLED display.
  • Under the hood, there is a 3450mAh battery, which should easily give you up to one day of battery life with moderate to high usage. It supports 4G LTE out of the box.

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Key Specifications of Google Nexus 6P
Display 5.7-inch Quad HD
Processor 2.0GHz Snapdragon 810 octa-core SoC
RAM 3GB
Storage 64GB (non-expandable)
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo
Rear Camera 12.3MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera 8MP
Battery 3450mAh (non-removable) with Fast Charging
Fingerprint Rear
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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6. Google Nexus 5X

  • Google Nexus 5X, made in association with LG, was unveiled in India back in October 2015. It is one of the mobiles that felt very good in hands.
  • It has a good build quality and is very compact. The Nexus 5X is powered by a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor and 2GB RAM. This is not top-notch for 2017 but the phone can run apps and games pretty smoothly.
  • This is because of the high performance of stock Android that consumers crave for when they want a smartphone from the house of Google.

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Key Specifications of Google Nexus 5X
Display 5.2-inch Full HD
Processor 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 hexa-core SoC
RAM 2GB
Storage 16GB/32GB (non-expandable)
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo
Rear Camera 12.3MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera 5MP
Battery 2700mAh (non-removable)
Fingerprint Rear
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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7. Google Nexus 6

  • Google Nexus 6, one of the old smartphones from Google, was launched in India back in December 2014. The phone was made in association with Motorola and was one of the best smartphones of that year.
  • Since the phone came out with Android 5.0 Lollipop OS out of the box, it was in great demand. Now, the phone runs on Android 8.0 Oreo OS and the UI remains lag free.
  • It has a massive 6-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels (Quad HD) and thus users loved to watch videos and play games on this phone.

Nexus 6 - One of the Best Google Smartphones

Key Specifications of Google Nexus 6
Display 6-inch Quad HD
Processor 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 quad-core SoC
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB (non-expandable)
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo
Rear Camera 13MP with dual LED flash
Front Camera 2MP
Battery 3220mAh (non-removable)
Fingerprint No
Connectivity 4G LTE

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8. Google Nexus 5

  • Google Nexus 5, made in association with LG, was launched in India back in November 2013. It is the oldest smartphone in our list.
  • We know it is too old for purchasing now but we just added it for the kicks as the Nexus 5 was a very successful smartphone and Google had sold a lot of units of the device for a good couple of years.
  • Out of the box, it used to run on Android 4.4 KitKat OS but now you can get up to Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. There is no official Nougat update for the phone but you can install custom ROM.

Nexus 5 - One of the Best Google Smartphones

Key Specifications of Google Nexus 5
Display 4.95-inch Full HD
Processor 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core SoC
RAM 2GB
Storage 16GB (non-expandable)
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Rear Camera 8MP with LED flash
Front Camera 1.3MP
Battery 2300mAh (non-removable)
Fingerprint No
Connectivity 4G LTE

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This concludes our segment of best Google smartphones. These are the best phones from the house of Google available in India that will allow you to experience stock Android. If you’re not a fan of Android OS after using custom ROM from different smartphone manufacturers and start using a Google device, there are high chances of you being converted into an Android fan. We hope you have liked this article. Do let us know if you want to us to write on any specific topic that we haven’t covered yet. Until next time, cheers!

About the author

Bibek Saha

He is the Co-Founder of 9to5Phones. A Tech enthusiast at heart, who loves to write long form articles. A certified foodie who won't give up Chicken for anything else in this world. A Manchester United fan, who loves to play Fifa when not in work mode.

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